No. 3 - Empty Nest Syndrome
It doesn't surprise me that the mere mention of Victoria going away for college completely freaks Kathy out. I'm fairly certain that Kathy's biggest fear in life is not to have enough people to cook for, so the idea of Victoria eating school food must kill her. (I'm sure Victoria and Joseph have never once bought lunch at school.) Even the prospect of Victoria doing laundry on her own has her freaking out.
So while Kathy sheds a tear over Victoria growing up, Rich of course is basically planning on installing a sauna in Victoria's room. Evidently he's counting down the days until Joseph leaves too so he and Kathy can stop wearing clothes. That would be a lot of censor bars we'd have to put into the show...
But I have to agree with Kathy, for all Rich's talk I bet he would totally lose it once Victoria actually leaves. The man menaced her prom date with a nutcracker! I doubt he'll take very well to the idea of Victoria being in a coed dorm.
Gorgas love to pose. It must be something in the genes. Flash a camera, give them a runway, and BOOM! They're hitting poses left and right. They're giving you face, face, face.
So of course the local children's salon (because of course that's a thing in Jersey) where the Gorga and Giudice girls go for their day of beauty has a runway. Melissa gets the girls up there for an impromptu photo shoot, and they do not disappoint.
Here we get our first look at Melissa's signature pose -- blowing kisses. Teresa has the monopoly of fabulous, but she better watch out because blowing kisses could be the next big thing. Maybe they can combine forces for a fabulous blowing kisses super pose session. It would put smizing to shame.
I can never put my finger on exactly what it is about Dina that makes her such a delight to watch. (Though I do have a few notions...) But there really is some strange je ne sais quoi that she possesses.
I have to agree with Teresa on this one, Dina did give the best advice during their talk about Caroline -- just move on! Holding onto anger does indeed make you ugly, and it seems that the threat of wrinkles is the tangible evidence that Teresa needs to let go of any lingering resentment she was feeling about their blowout.
Though the best part of their discussion may have been Teresa's hope that she and Dina can grow old together. This would probably be the best show on TV -- The Real Grandmothers of New Jersey, First Ladies of Franklin Lakes, The Golden Garden State Girls, etc. It needs to happen.
Also Dina wins for best line of the episode: "If you ever write something bad about me in your book, I'll f--- you up." Mostly because I think she's only half kidding.